Government Announces More Than $1.2 Million For Community Funding

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15th February 2010, 04:02am - Views: 685
Government Announces More than $1.2 million for Community Funding

Community organisations across Australia will share in more than $1.2 million of funding, the Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs and Settlement Services, Laurie Ferguson, announced today in the lead up to Harmony Day on March 21.

"The 28 successful applications for the Diverse Australia Program's 2009 Community Grants encompass a wide range of activities, all of which build an inclusive and diverse society where everyone belongs," Mr Ferguson said.

"In New South Wales, the Auburn Central: promoting rights and responsibilities project will receive $49 000 to encourage social connections between local residents from Turkish, Lebanese, Chinese, Afghan, Korean and Iraqi backgrounds.

"In Western Australia, the Juluwarlu Group Aboriginal Corporation will receive $50 000 to involve local Indigenous, non-Indigenous, and migrant groups in working together to explore issues affecting their community through film.

"In Victoria, Creativity Australia will receive $50 000 to run Singing for sunshine, a community choir which will bring together migrants from the sub-Sahara, West Africa, Middle East, South East Asia and Oceania.

"The ACT's Migrant and Refugee Settlement Services has received $26 600 for its Harmony players project which will engage people aged 16 to 25 from new and emerging communities in a range of sporting activities where they can build skills, gain confidence and feel welcome in the mainstream community.

"The arts, music and sport are all terrific mediums through which people can build networks and strengthen a sense of belonging for all."

Full details of the successful 2009 Diverse Australia Program Community Grants projects can be found at

Media Contact Carla Wilshire - 0432 755 935

SOURCE: Laurie Ferguson, Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs and
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